Dear Readers, How Do I Say Thank You?
There are still only two, teeny, tiny words that we use to convey even the biggest, most monolithic proportions of gratitude—thank you.
These simple syllables seem so mild in their meaning because of their overuse. Thank you for taking out the garbage. Thank you for picking up the dog doo. Thank you for not closing that door on me, Sir.
However, even for medium-sized appreciation, they are the best that we can do.
Oh, thank you! Your wedding gift is much too generous.
We are so glad you could stay with little Timmy—thank you, Granny!
But there is another expression of gratitude that exudes such heartfelt emotion sometimes no words are needed. When there are tears of joy, the do-gooder knows all there is to know.
“Thank you.” Alas, this generous pairing of words has flummoxed plenty of crafty writers who have searched their lexicon for the perfect substitution—to no avail.
So, I am left with creating a single note of appreciation with this lasting picture.
We meet on the street, you and I.
I’ve just read your wonderful review, the one where you gave “9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent: A Love Story of a Different Kind” a knock-my-socks-off 5 stars!
I recognize you by your beautiful, intuitive soul and I rush to give you the heartiest handshake, and a big bear-like hug of a greeting.
I am suddenly overwhelmed with silent tears streaming out of my eyes while I simultaneously beam and smile broadly.
When I am finally assured I have conveyed my truest sentiment, I speak only the tiniest words available: